Void Balaur hackers-for-hire sell stolen mailboxes and private data


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A hacker-for-hire group called Void Balaur has been stealing emails and highly-sensitive information for more than five years, selling it to customers with both financial and espionage goals.

With more than 3,500 targets spread across almost all continents, this prolific threat actor is advertising its services on Russian underground forums.

Security researchers at Trend Micro profiling Void Balaur’s activity say that the business model of this actor is to steal “the most private and personal data of businesses and individuals” and sell it to interested customers.

Targets include individuals as well as organizations in various sectors (telecommunications, retail, financial, medical, biotechnology), especially if they have access to troves of private data.

“Void Balaur is not only into hacking email mailboxes but is also in the business of selling the sensitive private information of its targets. This includes cell tower log data, passport details, SMS messages, and more. In addition, Void Balaur appears to target many organizations and individuals that are likely to have access to highly sensitive data on people” - Trend Micro